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Stirrin' the Grits

This route is located in the Southern Region at Purgatory

Special Boy

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Believer 5.11b (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Tony Reynaldo in 2005
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This line is the first bolted route encountered after walking through the arch. Look to your left 10 feet after you walk through the arch for a face with a few bolted lines. Climb finger pockets to a sit down rest then take on the overhanging headwall above.
Moves: Pockets
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC

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3.96 stars (90 votes)
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5.11b (79 votes)

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Submitted by: JR
Date: May 21st, 2008


Yasmeen said on April 18th, 2005
Awesome route!! Great job bolting this thing, Tony!
Gaar said on May 31st, 2005
This was a hard onsite!
Paul3eb said on June 29th, 2005
incredible route.. one of my favorites without a doubt.
pigsteak said on March 12th, 2006
agreed...very fun climbing on solid rock.
mike_anderson said on April 27th, 2009
Hard, bouldery start...harder than other 11b's in the Sore Heel area.
lena_chita said on June 22nd, 2009
I didn't notice a bouldery start. The route felt very much like the top section of the wall at Solarium-- all good holds with thumb catches underneath.
krampus said on April 12th, 2010
a little sharp, but fun
whatahutch said on July 3rd, 2011
There is currently a red-wasp nest that is directly between the anchors. Watch out. I am allergic to stings or I would have knocked it down. Be careful.
climb2core said on April 15th, 2014
Steel ovals at the chains. Put on 4/12/14.
Chiyram said on May 17th, 2015
Great route! Little thin at the start and sustained 11b to the waco.
Sarahbelzile said on October 12th, 2017
So much fun! Holds get progressively bigger as you go up, so I think the best beta is to just keep climbing. Except for the rest up top, which is sweet, and then enjoy the bigger holds to the chains.